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Coach of the Year (1980)

TV-G | | Drama | TV Movie 20 December 1980
Jim Brandon, a former player of the Chigago Bears, has been paralysed during the Vietnam-war. When he returns, he tries to get a job as a football-coach, but he doesn't succeed. After a ... See full summary »

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Jim Brandon
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Paula DeFalco
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Superintendant Turner
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Merissa Lane (as Daphne Maxwell)
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Munroe Sweetlife Johnson (#12) (as David Hubbard)
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Andy DeFalco (#84) (as Ricky Paul)
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Hector Estrada (#24)
Radames Torres ...
Effie Peanut Rodriguez (#22) (as Radamus Torres)
Louis Carello ...
Eddie Lovella (as Lou Carello)
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McLeash
Ed O'Bradovich ...
Ed O'Bradovich
Joneal Joplin ...
Coach Forester
Howard A. Peters III
Calvin Bradford ...
The Boys from St. Charles
José 'Little Man' Navarro ...
The Boys from St. Charles (as Jose 'Little Man' Navarro)
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Jim Brandon, a former player of the Chigago Bears, has been paralysed during the Vietnam-war. When he returns, he tries to get a job as a football-coach, but he doesn't succeed. After a visit to the youth-prison St.Charles he thinks of becoming the football- coach there. He decides to do it, 'cause he likes the challenge. The boys, young delinquents, don't accept him, but he goes all out to be accepted. Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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20 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Fourth Down Behind Bars  »

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The football sequences were directed by Andy Sidaris, acknowledged at the beginning of the ending credits with the credit "Football Action Filmed by The Sidaris Company". See more »

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Dreadful! Awful! I want my 96 minutes back!
16 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I received this movie in a pack called "50 all-star Movies" for $18 (45 cents each). Many are good. This one was terrible. It was a hackneyed retread done 1000 times before and each time better. A crippled ex-jock is dared to coach a team made up of juvenile delinquents. They learn from him that they can make it if they play by the rules. I'm sure the kids and the locals were thrilled to be included in a "real TV movie", but I can't imagine what the folks that launched and produced this project figured they could bring to this already over beaten subject. I kept waiting to see that 'new twist' or 'new angle' but, honest, it doesn't come. Avoid this movie. Forget about the 45 cents, I want the 96 minutes of my life back.


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